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Three-year experience in the application of PDT in the treatment of lung cancer
Author(s): D. Kostadinov; Emil Benov; K. Mitchev; V. Vlasov; Giulio Jori
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Paper Abstract

During a 3 year period, 20 patients with morphologically proven squamous cell carcinoma of the trachea or bronchi have been treated by photoradiation therapy (PRT). A Bulgarian gold vapor laser and hematoporphyrin of `Jacopo Monico,' Italy were used. The photosensitizer was applied intravenously 24 - 48 h prior to PDT. The median realized energy dose was 410 J/cm2 for each patient with a middle power of 180 mW. In 5 of all the cases we performed two sessions. The obtained therapeutic results are as follows: CR -- one case (5%), SR -- 10 cases (50%), NR -- 3 cases (15%). The median survival of the patients with advanced cancer was 13.3 months. At the end of 1990 three patients were alive. Our experience shows that PRT is a promising palliative method in cases of advanced carcinoma for the recanalization of airways.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 1993
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1616, International Conference on Photodynamic Therapy and Laser Medicine, (5 March 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.136956
Show Author Affiliations
D. Kostadinov, Institute of Pulmonary Diseases (Bulgaria)
Emil Benov, Institute of Pulmonary Diseases (Bulgaria)
K. Mitchev, Institute of Pulmonary Diseases (Bulgaria)
V. Vlasov, Institute of Pulmonary Diseases (Bulgaria)
Giulio Jori, Univ. of Padova (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1616:
International Conference on Photodynamic Therapy and Laser Medicine
Junheng Li, Editor(s)

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